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Museum of Science and Industry

5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637-2093
+1 773-684-1414
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The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere! Housed in the only remaining building from the 1893 World’s Fair, MSI is a Chicago must-see. You’ll experience 14 acres of hands-on exhibits and have the chance to stand before a 40-foot tornado; climb aboard a World War II German submarine; take a run in a human-sized hamster wheel; descend into an Illinois coal mine; tour a fully functioning eco-friendly home; board a 727 hanging from the ceiling; transmit your pulse to a 13-foot, 3-D beating heart; and much more! MSI is not a place where you walk around quietly and observe. No way! You get involved in the fun—and learn—by doing. Just a few miles from downtown with convenient underground parking.
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  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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“u boat” (810 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637-2093
Hyde Park
+1 773-684-1414
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a nostalgic visit to a museum that I visited as a child and still remember. It did not disappoint. The exhibits were entertaining and educational. We especially enjoyed the exhibit on our vanishing ice and the Nazi submarine. My retired Navy veteran brother...More

Thank foxsable
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We stayed five hours and still didn’t have a time for it all. This is a top notch museum for all ages. The wow factor is high. The tour of the Uboat was amazing! Do note that several activities cost extra. 90% are included with...More

Thank kgfinns
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It was completely updated from the last time I had been, like 25 years ago. Fewer exhibits, only health thing was genetics, with chicks. I missed the food stuff and the bodies. Some exhibits require free tickets to limit the number of people in the...More

Thank Sandy S
Reviewed 3 days ago

My boys, ages 7 and 5, and my husband and I went on a free museum day. Without doing any of the "extra" exhibits, we had a blast. We spent about 4 hours there and probably could've spent more time but we were just worn...More

Thank Shannon M
Reviewed 4 days ago

This museum has everything you love about science and industry. You and your family will have a wonderful day there. Hands on is the name of the game there. If you are in chicago during the holiday season make sure you check out the world...More

Thank lawanda106
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed the robotics exhibit... spent more than an hour exploring it. We also enjoyed the timeless coal mine experience. Our tour guide was humorous and very knowledgeable about the original mines as well as the general coal mining industry. There were several exhibits...More

Thank HollyRoger_100
Reviewed 5 days ago

Another one of my favorite places in Chicago. A great place to come with your family and children or on a daytime date. It's a very interactive museum (particularly certain parts). Something to note for out of town visitors is that this museum is a...More

Thank Adventuringemily
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This place is awful. It costs a lot of money without anything in return. The parking cost is very high with very poor musiume. Don't waste your money here.

Thank Google U
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It’s a fabulous museum. It’s very diverse and interesting- something for everyone young and old. The highlight for us is the WWII German U Boat which one can tour. The exhibit around it is fascinating!

Thank Ellen F
Reviewed 6 days ago

"Love is a many splendored thing" is a cool and beautiful song. For some reason it reminds me of the Museum of Science and Industry. The beautiful, gray facade looks like a European Castle, with the aura of an Egyptian Sphinx. The massive interior with...More

1  Thank cherryicecream2017
Hyde Park
If you want to get a feel for quintessential South
Side Chicago, you have to make a stop in Hyde Park,
one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. This
historic area is home to two of the city’s most
prominent cultural institutions, the Museum of Science
and Industry and the University of Chicago. A stroll
here will bring you past vintage and grand hotels
converted into luxury apartment buildings; peaceful
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Madeline R
27 September 2017|
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Response from dlevitan | Reviewed this property |
City bus is OK but an Uber or Lyft is convenient and reasonable.
Madeline R
27 September 2017|
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Response from CubFan1948 | Reviewed this property |
I will agree with others, public transportation is not the safest way to go. Use a taxi or Uber.
Mandi L
5 September 2017|
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Response from spinkick | Reviewed this property |
I would say 4 hours is a good bet. The submarine is a must see. Also the dollhouse and coal mine. The 1890s street is a must do and stop in the iceream store- a bit $$ but is good. Most of the exhibits have alot of touchy... More